2012 Australian Drivers' Championship
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|2012 Australian Drivers' Championship|
The 2012 Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title with the winner awarded the 2012 CAMS Gold Star award. The 2012 championship was the 56th Australian Drivers' Championship and the eighth to be contested with open wheel racing cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations. The championship began on 1 March 2012 at the Adelaide Street Circuit and ended on 23 September at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit after seven rounds across six different states with three races at each round.
The championship was secured by British driver James Winslow after the penultimate round held at Queensland Raceway. It was Winslow's second championship victory after having won previously in 2008. Winslow, driving for R-Tek Motorsport, won 13 of the 21 races, including five of the seven feature races, over the course of the season, a new record for the Australian Drivers' Championship, eclipsing the 12 wins Rick Kelly took in 2001. Defending champion Chris Gilmour ended the series in second place having won two races. Winslow's team mate Steel Giuliania finished third in the championship with just over half of the points Winslow collected. Jordan Skinner of Team BRM and Hayden Cooper of BF Racing each collected a their debut race victories. The other races wins were collected by John Magro whose partial season campaign with Team BRM ended with winning the Hidden Valley round. Tim Macrow made a brief return to the series he won in 2007, contesting a single round with Astuti Motorsport, winning at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Cooper won the National Class, for cars built between 1999 and 2004, over fellow Queensland and BF Racing team mate Ben Gersekowski. Lochie Marshall finished third.
|1||Adelaide Street Circuit||1–4 March||James Winslow|
|2||Symmons Plains Raceway||30 March–1 April||James Winslow|
|3||Mount Panorama Circuit||6–8 April||James Winslow|
|4||Hidden Valley Raceway||15–17 June||John Magro|
|5||Eastern Creek Raceway||13–15 July||Tim Macrow|
|6||Queensland Raceway||3–5 August||James Winslow|
|7||Phillip Island||21–23 September||Chris Gilmour|
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers contested the 2012 Australian Drivers' Championship. Entries sourced in part from:
|Gilmour Racing||Gold Star||Dallara F307||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||1||Chris Gilmour|
|Astuti Motorsport||Gold Star||Dallara F307||Mugen-Honda||2||Mat Sofi|
|Team BRM||Gold Star||Dallara F307||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||3||John Magro|
|R-Tek Motorsport||Gold Star||Dallara F307||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||6||James Winslow|
|National||Dallara F304||Spiess-Opel||8||Chris Slusarski|
|Marshall Motorsport||National||Dallara F304||Sodemo-Renault||22||Lockie Marshall|
|Mills Motorsport||Gold Star||Mygale M07||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||32||Jon Mills|
|BF Racing||National||Dallara F304||Spiess-Opel||42||Ben Gersekowski|
|Harvest Motorsport||Gold Star||Mygale M10||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||46||Roman Krumins|
|Snake Racing||National||Dallara F304||Sodemo-Renault||66||Nathan Gotch|
|G-Force Motorsport||Gold Star||Mygale M07||HWA-Mercedes-Benz||77||Cameron Waters|
Competing cars were nominated into one of three classes:
- Australian Formula 3 Championship – for automobiles constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied in the year of manufacture between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2011.
- National Class – for automobiles constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied in the year of manufacture between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2004.
- Invitation Class.
There were no competitors in the Invitation Class in the 2012 championship.
Championship points were awarded as follows:
- One point to the driver placed in the highest grid position for the first race at each round.
- 12–9–8–7–6–5–4–3–2–1 for the first ten finishing position in each Sprint Race.
- 20–15–12–10–8–6–4–3–2–1 for the first ten finishing position in each Feature Race.
- One point to the driver setting the fastest lap time in each race.
Points towards the National Class award were allocated on the same basis as used for the outright championship.
- SpeedCafe © (2011-11-28). "Formula 3 gets four V8 events on 2012 calendar". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- 2012 Results, www.formula3.com.au, as archived at www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 21 November 2012
- 2012 Australian Formula 3 Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations, www.formula3.com.au, as archived at www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 21 November 2012